Review Sustainability Reports from top U.S. companies and score sustainability metrics as they relate to economic returns. I will provide reports, search terms, guidance for scoring, and spreadsheet. Approximately 30 sustainability reports - will require 1-1.5 hours to review and score each report.
Use search terms provided in column header (rollover for comments) to determine if the sustainability report considers the economic returns (or savings) of sustainable practices. These practices include:
Water Consumption, Energy Consumption, Material Consumption, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, Air Quality, Water Quality, Solid Wastes, Toxic Wastes, Biodiversity/ Ecosystem Impacts, and Land/ Soil Degradation.
Scoring criteria is provided below, and within the spreadsheet. And, an example is provided for the GE Sustainability report.
NA - not included in report (also grey stippled columns may not be relevant)
0 - no mention of economic returns regardless of quality of report --- BE CAREFUL, savings, reductions and efficiencies should still be a ZERO - cost savings, reductions or efficiencies should be mentioned to warrant a score of 1 or higher.
1 - mentions economic returns as potential for gains or savings,
e.g., cost savings as a result of water reuse
2 - provides value range of economic returns, e.g. reduced cost by 20% or thousands of dollar
3 - provides specific value of economic returns (profits, revenue or savings), e.g., increased profits by $350,000
4 - links value of returns to specific actions or competitive advantage, e.g. reduced costs per unit allowing greater returns compared to competition, or $1 billion profits leading to market leadership